UH Cancer Center researchers recognized for community-based cancer research contributions

November 5, 2018

University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center researchers and physicians were recognized for their contributions to community-based cancer research, and for their role in enrolling cancer patients to National Cancer Institute treatment and cancer control clinical trials. The National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) recognized people from all over the country for outstanding achievements between 2017 and 2018.

“The six clinical faculty members and researchers honored by NCORP demonstrates the focus of the UH Cancer Center on community-based research and cancer clinical trial participation. We want to make sure that everyone in Hawai‘i has access to cancer clinical trials in order to improve response to treatment, increase the chance of cure and prolong survival,” said Randall Holcombe, MD, UH Cancer Center director.

The Hawaii Minority/Underserved NCORP at the UH Cancer Center received recognition in the Platinum Award category. Wade Kyono, MD, UH Cancer Center clinical faculty, received a Gold Award for enrolling 20-39 patients.

The following Hawai‘i winners were honored with Silver Awards, achieving more than 10-19 enrollments during the last year:

  1. Jared Acoba, MD, UH Cancer Center assistant professor
  2. Jeffrey Berenberg, MD, UH Cancer Center professor and principal investigator of the Hawai‘i NCORP program based out of the UH Cancer Center
  3. Jonathan Cho, MD, UH Cancer Center adjunct professor
  4. Ronald Yanagihara, MD, UH Cancer Center clinical faculty

Virginia McMahon, BA, UH Cancer Center assistant clinical manager, received a retirement recognition celebrating her 30-year career contribution to community-based cancer research.

Doctors Jeffrey Berenberg and Jared Acoba holding their certificates of recognition